IELTS Listening Practice Test 92

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IELTS Listening Practice Test for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training Test takers

SECTION 1

Questions 1-4

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

Example

When Julie phones, Mike is

                                               A. on his lunch break.

                                               B. on his tea break.

                                               C. in a meeting

1. Which type of policy do they choose?

A. bronze
B. silver
C. gold

2. How much does the policy cost for group cover?

A. £50
B. £20
C. £40

3. How will they pay?

A. credit card
B. debit card
C. cash

4. How much did the camera cost?

A. $1000
B. £1000
C. $600

Questions 5-10

Complete the form below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

TRAVEL INSURANCE DETAILS

Name(s)                                                       Mike Wood

Address                                                        5 ________________

D.O.B.                                                           6 ________________

Emergency contact number                      7 ________________

Main policy holder                                      8 JULIE ___________

Date of departure                                        9 ________________

Date of return                                               10 _______________

SECTION 2

Questions 11-15

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

11. Humans have long been using the stars to

A. navigate rivers.
B. draw sea maps.
C. sail long distances.

12. The building constructed by the first Europeans at the observatory was

A. a village.
B. a windmill.
C. a fort.

13. In the cloakroom, people are advised not to leave

A. coats.
B. expensive items.
C. bags.

14. The museum does not allow visitors to stay after

A. 5.30.
B. 5.15.
C. 4.30.

15. The family ticket allows entrance to

A. four adults only.
B. three adults and three children.
C. two adults and two children.

Questions 16-20

Which attraction matches the questions?

Choose FIVE answers from the box and write the correct letter, A-F, next to questions 16-20.

ATTRACTIONS

A. Powerhouse
B. Sound house
C. Discovery Centre
D. Lace Study Centre
E. Vector lab
F. Observatory

16 Which of the tickets gives people a discount?

17 Which of the venues is located near the recreation area for children?

18 Which part should people visit if they are interested in clothes?

19 Which part offers an unusual service for a museum?

20 Which place houses all of the attractions mentioned?

SECTION 3

Questions 21-22

Choose the correct letter A,B or C.

21. What is Simon worried about?

A. Professor Francisco
B. a headache
C. an essay

22. What does Therese not like about Simon’s notes?

A. They’re in a list.
B. They’re in a spidergram.
C. They’re in a spidergraph.

Questions 23-26

Complete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN ONE WORD for each answer.

Motivation for participating in extreme sports

External influences:

  • 23 _____________ attention
  • 24 modern ______________.

Internal influences:

  • adrenalin rush
  • wanting to push themselves – 25 _ need
  • element of 26

Questions 27-30

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

Sources for essay
Author  Title Content
Hans German 27 _____________ research project on about 28 ______________ in
extreme sports
Richard Bell

Unknown

29 ________________

30 ________________

overview of thrill seeking

theories and principles

SECTION 4

Questions 31 -40

Complete the table below. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

Answers to world problems 

Problem Cause Solution
pollution of air,
31 ________________
and _______________
new alternatives to 32____________ practice 33_______________ and respect for nature
34_____________ depletion previous bad 35________________ alternatives to fossil fuels such as hydrogen 36______________ in cars
unequal wealth distribution 37______________ and
________________ of leaders
solidarity among nations

Questions 38-40

Choose THREE letters A-F.

Which THREE of the following are mentioned a$ potential obstacles to the solutions?

A. new technologies

B. unpopular changes

C. research and development

D. the cost involved

E. how laws are made

F. financial inequality

Answer keys:

Section 1, Questions 1-10

  1. B
  2. C
  3. A
  4. A
  5. 17 HANLEY CARDENS
  6. 230770
  7. 0793245098
  8. BENNETT
  9. 17TH JULY
  10. 1ST AUGUST

Section 2, Questions 11-20

  1. C
  2. B
  3. B
  4. A
  5. C
  6. F
  7. B
  8. D
  9. C
  10. A

Section 3, Questions 21-30

  1. C
  2. A
  3. MEDIA
  4. CULTURE
  5. PSYCHOLOGICAL
  6. Competition
  7. CROSSING BORDERS
  8. 200 PARTICIPANTS
  9. MOTIVATION THEORIES
  10. THE MIND FILES

Section 4, Questions 31-40

  1. WATER, SOIL
  2. TRADITIONAL FARMING
  3. ORGANIC FARMING
  4. NATURAL RESOURCE
  5. MANAGEMENT
  6. TECHNOLOGY
  7. CREED, CORRUPTION
    38-40 B,D,F

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING 

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1

(J – Julie; M = Mike)

J: Hi Mike! It’s Julie. Listen, I know you’re really […………………………..], but we need to book our […………………………..]. We’re leaving in a couple of days after all.

M: Yeah sure. I’m on my lunch break, so go ahead!

J: OK, well my first question is what type of insurance do we need? I wasn’t sure which to choose. Do we want the […………………………..], silver, gold or […………………………..]type of policy?

M: What’s the difference?

J: Well the first only covers medical […………………………..], the second covers medical and our […………………………..], and the gold all of that plus […………………………..], and the platinum covers everything, including […………………………..]expenses.

M: OK, well if we’re travelling in two days’ time, we don’t really need the cancellation […………………………..], do we? What do you think?

J: Well, personally, the only thing that’s really necessary is the […………………………..].

M: Yeah, but would you think that if you had everything stolen?

J: Yeah, maybe you’re right. Let’s get the gold.

M: Sorry, don’t you mean the silver? I thought we agreed that we don’t need the cancellation cover.

J: Oh veah. You’re right. Silver it is.

M: So, how much is that going to cost us?

J: Well, there are two of us so let’s see … it’s … […………………………..]for single cover and […………………………..]for a group of up to three people.

M: But there are only two of us.

J: I know, but it’s still cheaper than doing two […………………………..]policies. That would cost £50.

M: OK. Group cover it is.

J: Right, now, how are we going to pay? If we pay by debit card, there’ll be a five per cent […………………………..]but I only have a […………………………..]and there’s a two and a half per cent charge for that. They don’t have an office in central London so we can’t pay by […………………………..].

M: Oh really? What a pain!

J: OK. well. I’ll iust have to use mv credit card then.

M: Great. That’s […………………………..]then. What else is there?

J: Well, you know that new expensive […………………………..]you bought and you were hoping to take some great pictures with?

M: Yes…

J: Well, the policy only covers […………………………..]up to the value of £200 and didn’t you say it cost […………………………..]?

M: No. I bought it for $1000.

J: Yeah, but that’s still more than […………………………..]isn’t it?

M: Well at the time that was around […………………………..]but it’s worth less than that now, maybe only £300.

J: So … to cover it you’d need to pay extra.

M: Mmm …

J: I just need to check your personal details to complete this online form and then we’ll be sorted.

M: OK. What do you need to know?

J: Firstly, I need to make sure I’ve got your full name. It’s Mike Wood, right?

M: Yep.

J:          Right…, next I need your address.

M:        It’s 17 Hanley Gardens. Hanley spelt H-A-N-L-E-Y.

J:          Just writing that down … 17 Hanley Street…

M:        No, Gardens!

J:          Oops! My mistake! OK, what’s your date of birth?

M:        That’s […………………………..].

J:          Right, so now I need an emergency contact number. It’s your mobile right?

M:        Yes, it’s […………………………..].

J:          Was that 0-8-9?

M:        No, 0-9-8. Anything else?

J:          Well, they need the main […………………………..]. Who would that be?

M:        I think that would be you, since you’re paying for it with your card.

J: Of course! So I just type in Julie Bennett… Hang on just typing B-E- N-N-E-T-T. OK, we’re just about done. All I need to do is enter the dates of departure and return.

M:        Well, we leave on Friday, which is the 16th.

J:          No it isn’t. It’ll be the 17th.

M:        Are you sure? Let me check my calendar … Oh yes, the 17th.

J:          Right, so Friday the […………………………..]and returning on Friday the 31st.

M: Hang on; if we fly out on Friday the 31st in the evening, it’ll be the morning of Saturday the 1st by the time we get back with the time […………………………..]. We don’t want our policy to run out before we land now, do we?

J: No, we don’t! OK, so return date is Saturday the lst of August. OK, my goodness that certainly took longer than I […………………………..]it to. I hope our trip is worth it!

M: Trust me Julie, you’ll love it there, especially as you’ll have your own […………………………..].

J: Yes, OK. See you in a couple of days then. Bye!

M: See ya!

SECTION 2

Could I have your […………………………..]please … gather round, gather round. My name is Patricia and I’ll be your guide around The Sydney […………………………..]. Now, as you all will know, man has been interested in the night sky for a very long time. Indeed, before the […………………………..]of the compass, it was used by […………………………..]to navigate their wav across the world’s oceans, a kind of’star’ map you could say.

Now the site of the […………………………..]on Observatory Hill has its own interesting story. Before the […………………………..]arrived, it belonged to the Cadigal people, who may have even […………………………..]the arrival of the new visitors from here, as this is the highest natural point in Sydney Harbour. The early Europeans then built a […………………………..]on the site though it didn’t last for long due to its […………………………..]position. A little while after that, the land was used to build a fort, which was to finally become the […………………………..]that you see before you today.

Now, let’s take a look inside. To the left of the main entrance is the […………………………..]where you can leave your coats and bags, but please make sure you don’t leave any […………………………..]or valuables as staff cannot be held […………………………..]. The museum is open during the day until 5 pm, so please collect belongings no later than 5.15 and please […………………………..]the building by 5.30. No new […………………………..]will be allowed after 4.30 pm. After you’ve left your […………………………..], you’ll need to buy your tickets from the ticket desk […………………………..]behind you, before continuing on the rest of the […………………………..]. The normal price is $8 for an adult and $6 for a child, though groups of up to four people can save money bv buying a […………………………..]. This must contain at least one adult and one child but no more than two children per adult. I’ll wait for you on the other side of the ticket […………………………..]by the coffee shop, while you all get your ticket.

So, I hope you enjoyed the tour but before I leave you I just want to draw your […………………………..]to one more thing. Your Observatory ticket also […………………………..]you to visit another of Sydney’s famous sights at a […………………………..]. You’ll find lots on to keep the children […………………………..]. For example, they’ve got sound […………………………..]where you can have a go at being a DJ. This is called the […………………………..], and you’ll find it up on the second floor, just after the kid’s playground. Look for signs for the Vectorlab […………………………..]if you get lost. For those of you interested in fashion and design, the Lace Study Centre should not be […………………………..]. You’ll get the chance to look at one of the country’s best […………………………..]all in one place. However, like most […………………………..], only a fraction of their collections are actually on display, but in the museum’s nniqno Discovery Centre, you can take the […………………………..]to go behind the scenes and see parts of the collection that are not on […………………………..]. All of these attractions can be found under one roof at Sydney’s famous […………………………..]museum. 1 do hope you are able to go and enjoy the experience. You won’t be […………………………..]!

SECTION 3

(T = Therese; S = Simon)

T: Hey Simon. You look down. How are you getting on with your […………………………..]for Professor Jones?

S: Not very well I’m afraid. I can’t seem to get mv head around it. T mean, it’s such a […………………………..]that I really haven’t got a clue where to start.

T: Oh poor you! I’m actually free now so I can give you a hand if you like? You have until the end of this week, don’t you?

S: Yeah, I have to hand the essay in on Friday afternoon, but the Professor wants to see my […………………………..]on Wednesday morning!

T: Today is Tuesday so that’s tomorrow! You had better get a move on! Let’s have a look.

S: Thanks. I’m just trying to […………………………..]some ideas, but I haven’t got very far.

T: Let me see… Well firstly I think that writing your ideas in a list like that really isn’t going to help. Remember how we were taught to do […………………………..]at the beginning of the year?

S: Diagrams?

T: No, not […………………………..], SPIDERgrams! It’s supposed to mimic the way our […………………………..]process information rather than simply […………………………..]them to come out in some kind of […………………………..]order. They’re also sometimes called Spidergraphs because of how they look, like a spider!

S: OK, I’ll start over again.

T: Right, now our essay is on people’s […………………………..]for participating in extreme sports. There are two sides to this really; the external and internal […………………………..].

S: Right, so let’s look at the […………………………..]influences first of all.

T: So what kind of things make people want to do […………………………..]?

S: Well, the first thing that comes to mind is the amount of media attention on the topic. There are always stories about people taking part in the latest […………………………..].

  1. Exactly. Now let’s think about this more carefully. Why does so much […………………………..]in the media?

S: I don’t know. I’ve never really thought about it.

T: Well, according to the […………………………..]materials out there, it’s a reflection of […………………………..].

S: Of course. Yes, you’re right.

T: Now, what about the […………………………..]that come from within the person?

S: I suppose the most obvious thing to say is the […………………………..]rush.

T: Right, but what else?

S: People would want to test their limits, which is a […………………………..]need that all humans have.

T: And there’s one more thing that we haven’t added yet.

S: What’s that?

T: What all animals do naturally: compete of course!

S: Right! It’s the element of competition that dnves all things to be the best! Now why didn’t I think of that before?

T: How much […………………………..]reading have you done on the topic?

S: Actually, none at all – it’s really bad isn’t it, but I just haven’t had the time with my part-time job.

T: I know what you mean, but, honestly, it’s so much easier once you’ve read around the topic a bit. Did you get a copy of the […………………………..]sources, because if not I’ve got one here?

S:         No, I didn’t. Thanks, that’s a great help.

T: I tell you what. You write down the main points and I’ll read it out.

S:         OK, go for it!

T:         The first one’s by a guy called Hans German and it’s called Crossing Borders. It’s a […………………………..]project that was carried out on around […………………………..]of extreme sports. It’s a really interesting read.

S: OK, wdiat next?

T: The next book was written by a man called Richard Bell and is called Motivation […………………………..]. It gives an overview’ of thrill seeking and why people choose to put their lives in danger.

S: Is it long?

T: Yeah, it’s quite weighty, why?

S: It’s just I really don’t have very long before the essay needs to be in, so is there anything on there that would help me more quickly?

T: Well, I did find a podcast on the topic. I didn’t write down the author’s name, but they are called The Mind Files and it’s also about the theories and […………………………..]but obviously doesn’t go into as much detail as in a book.

S: That’s absolutely […………………………..]Therese! How can I ever repay you?

T: Oh, I don’t know … a coffee maybe?

S: Of course, my treat!

SECTION 4

Shall we start? Right, now … where did we get to last week? Ah, that’s right, we were going to begin with a look at three of the world’s most […………………………..]problems; what has caused them as well as looking at some of the many […………………………..]. Top of the list is air, water and soil […………………………..]. With an ever increasing demand for food, came the increased use of chemical […………………………..]during the late […………………………..]. Now, some of you may say that this isn’t the ultimate root of the problem, […………………………..]is, but you would be missing out a very important step. The increase in population didn’t in itself lead to the pollution of the air, water and soil. What caused the problem in the first place was a move away from traditional farming […………………………..], thanks to advances in technology. […………………………..], the answer comes from past farming practices. Well, thankfully, the […………………………..]has already begun. Organic, farming, and a […………………………..]for nature’s cycles, is the key to solving the problem.

In second place, though […………………………..]linked to the first issue, is the problem of the natural resource […………………………..]. By that I mean, not only fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas, but things we all too often take for […………………………..], like fresh water and essential trace […………………………..]in good quality soil. The main […………………………..], or guilty party, here is […………………………..]past management practices from those in power. Even though we knew that there were only finite supplies of traditional energy […………………………..], we behaved like we didn’t. The […………………………..]that springs to mind is ‘ignorance is bliss’. But what about a solution? Again, the […………………………..]has already begun. We need to invest in new, […………………………..]technologies in our vehicles – which will also help with the first problem – and use more […………………………..]technology: that is, produce car engines that rim on water. That’s the way forward here. Not good drinking water, of course, but saline water, which is in […………………………..].

Finally, we come to the last problem, that of […………………………..]wealth distribution. Every year, more and more land on the planet is owned by fewer and fewer people, which is in direct […………………………..]to the world’s growing population. And the reason for this? Quite simply, the greed and […………………………..]of those in power, I’m afraid. The only way to solve this one, and it’s a biggie, is for the countries of the world to work together in […………………………..]rather than against each other in […………………………..].

Now, although the solutions I have presented are viable, it doesn’t mean that they’re without their own […………………………..]. Firstly, making these kinds of changes is going to be expensive in the […………………………..], as we invest in the research and development of new technologies. Secondly, there’s also the issue of […………………………..]. It’s the politicians of the world who need to make these changes, but they also need to keep their voters happy and may be […………………………..]to bring in new practices that may prove […………………………..]among voters at election time. But the biggest, and most important, […………………………..]is making the world’s monetary system fairer, by making things more equal and balanced for all. This includes […………………………..]ecological practices that benefit all, not just a company’s […………………………..]. We need to begin an age of Corporate Social Responsibility, only then can we truly move forward.

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